Singer, Songwriter & Mad Blogger
Call Us Free: 1-800-123-4567
National Days

TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 4/23/20 – TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY!

william_shakespeareWhat light from yon flatscreen breaks? Forsooth ‘n shit, it’s

NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY!

The Granddaddy of all English writers, The Bard himself, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon would have had a field day with today’s English language and its 250,000-word vocabulary. Old Bill had to get by with a lousy 20 to 25,000, half of which he made up himself as he went along. A plague on the houses of they who wouldst bane us grievously, good men and true, from waxing poetic as we quoth the master.

Truth is, most Shakespearisms are pretty common, phrases like “green-eyed monster” and “give the devil his due.” We still use “foul play,” “fight fire with fire,” “eaten out of house and home” and hundreds of other stock phrases that flowed out the pen of the most original mind in Literary History. We use his words daily and retell his stories again and again in one form or another, paying William Shakespeare, as he himself said, “the highest form of flattery.” All of which gives you something to think about when you consider that the words of a guy who died in 1616 dominate the Digital Age.

•Suggested Activities: Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.

Share This Post
Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.